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VCI Confirms Output Slowdown for Germany in 2012

5:59 AM MST | December 7, 2011 | Ian Young

Chemical industry output growth in Germany will slow to 1% in 2012 from 4% in 2011, industry association VCI (Frankfurt) says. Growth in sales by Germany's chemical industry will also decelerate sharply to 2% in 2012 from 9% in 2011, VCI says. The slowdown, which had been widely predicted, reflects the impact of the debt crises in the European Union (EU) and U.S., which is increasingly causing uncertainty among consumers and companies, with dampening effects on the chemical business, VCI says. However, VCI does not expect a recession for the chemical industry...

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